Speech at the 48th General Assembly Meeting of International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
Speech by Mr Raymond H C Wong, JP
Permanent Secretary for Education
48th General Assembly Meeting of International Association
for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
on Monday, 8th October 2007
Professor Tsui, Dr Hegarty, Professor Leung, Honourable Members of IEA General Assembly, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure for me to join the 48th General Assembly Meeting of IEA. I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all IEA delegates and guests to the meeting.
For the past 20 years there has been an increasing urgency for education reform across the world. Different parts of the world are all engaged in seeking better ways to prepare students for both foreseeable and unforeseeable challenges.
It has been seven years since
This review process leads us to an imperative to collect information and data on the educational achievement of our reform measures through various means. The international comparative studies conducted by IEA provide us with a platform for accurate measurement and validation. The sound professional basis of the work of IEA has been important to us in
The first I would like to mention is the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or more familiar to the educators in
In 2006, we joined the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) for the second time and also the Second Information on Technology in Education Study (SITES). The information from these studies contributes a lot to the understanding of our current developments in the two areas and has shed important light on the fine-tuning of our long term strategy.
Looking forward to 2009, we are going to join the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study, better known as ICCS for short. Data from ICCS 2009 will contribute significantly in charting our progress and development in citizenship education and national education, both of which occupy a prominant position on our education agenda.
The work of IEA is instrumental to building a common educational base in different regions of the world. It helps to lay the framework for the emergence of regional education hubs. We believe Hong Kong has what it takes to be the regional education hub in this part of the world: we have close links with Mainland
Looking ahead, we hope leading international bodies such as IEA would conduct more studies on the importance and contribution of education hubs to global development. In this connection, the evolution of
Once again I would like to extend my warmest welcome to you all, in particular colleagues from other parts of the world. Apart from wishing you fruitful professional dialogues here, I also hope that you will enjoy your stay in